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Making the Asterisk Visible

Spotted a new sign at the Van Wyck Road entrance to the Dutchess Rail Trail:

DCRT at Van Wyck Rd - ATV Patrol sign

DCRT at Van Wyck Rd – ATV Patrol sign

The tiny print on the top sign still reads No Motorized Vehicles, but the bottom sign makes it explicit that that particular prohibition applies only to ordinary citizens.

Which matches up with the Sheriff’s ATVs I spotted a weeks earlier:

DCRT - Sheriff ATV Patrol - Page Park

DCRT – Sheriff ATV Patrol – Page Park

As of late May, the No All Terrain Vehicles signs were still up. Maybe they still are.

According to the New York Times style guide and other reasonably erudite sources, the plural of ATV should be ATVS (or, if you have the luxury of mixed case, ATVs), not ATV’S.

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  1. #1 by tantris on 2015-07-04 - 14:59

    You could go with the Times’ guide, or use the much more concise version by Bob the Angry Flower.
    http://www.angryflower.com/247.html

    • #2 by Ed on 2015-07-04 - 16:38

      That pretty much covers my rules:

      • If it’s not a possessive or a contraction, don’t.
      • Fiddle-dee-dee exceptions confuse all parties, so don’t.

      Now, persuading editors with an in-house style guide to agree, that’s another matter. [sigh]

  2. #3 by Ken Davidson on 2015-07-05 - 21:23

    You won’t find this editor arguing with you. People who routinely use apostrophes to create plurals annoy the crap out of me.

    • #4 by Ed on 2015-07-06 - 07:12

      Yeah, well, you’re an engineer, so … [grin]